Snap Vox has appointed Claudia Teran, a 21-year legal veteran of Fox Corporation, as deputy general counsel and head of global commerce.
At Snap, Teran will report directly to general consultant Mike O’Sullivan and lead the company’s commercial legal team, which supports almost all agreements with outside partners. He started in a new role in mid-September.
Teran came to Snapchat’s parent company Fox (and the predecessor company) after two decades, most recently serving as EVP and Corporate General Council and Fox Sports General Council. In this capacity, he oversaw legal and business matters for sporting goods and networks, technology, operational M&A, privacy, business development, music and advertising. During his reign, Teran helped Fox advance to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Africa, and was credited with creating one of the most diverse groups of businesses.
With the departure of Teran from Fox Corporation – which includes Fox News, Fox Sports, Fox Entertainment and Fox Television Station – the media company is promoting Elizabeth Cassie (formerly Associate General Consultant) to Deputy General Counsel and Fox Sports General Counsel. 15. In that role, Cox will continue to lead Fox Corporation’s Standards and Practices and Ad Sales Legal Department, reports Jeff Taylor, Fox’s general advisor. In addition, Nicholas Trutanich, Fox Corporation’s chief ethics and compliance officer, who joined the company earlier this spring, will handle litigation management and add the EVP title to the lawsuit.
In a statement, Teran said: “Fox has been my professional home for over 20 years. Fox has not only given me an incredible opportunity to pursue my legal profession, it is also a place where I have met many of my closest friends and most valuable colleagues. Excited to start my new role, I will miss the daily interaction with my team at Fox.
“Claudia is a Hall of Fame teammate,” Fox Sports CEO and executive producer Eric Shanks said in a statement. I can honestly say that Fox Sports wouldn’t be what it is today without him. His contribution to our business will be enormous and missed, but it is his unparalleled advice and unwavering kindness that we will miss the most.
Early in his career, Teran Sidley was a transactional attorney at Austin LLP, where he worked on a variety of business contracts and regulatory issues. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political economy from the University of California at Berkeley and a law degree from the New York University School of Law.
Teran’s hiring comes at a time when Snap has focused on continuing growth as well as continuing international expansion through agreements with outside partners. The company recently hired nine-year-old Facebook veteran Constantinos “KP” Papamilitadias as the first VP of the Platform Partnership, which has led the efforts of the company’s Snapchat partners, ranging from standalone AR makers, to include in-app cameras and AR technology.